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Keywords: Identification, Sensors, Internet
Auto-ID Labs is a federation of seven research universities that has evolved from the Auto-ID Centre, initially founded in 1999 leading research efforts in the area of automated identification of objects in the supply chain. It is funded in part by the EAN.UCC, governments, and industry. The seven universities are MIT, University of Cambridge, University of Adelaide, Keio University, Fudan University, University of St Gallen and ICU.
From the homepage you can visit each of the universities website to check out their research activities. This is an interesting site to find out what research is going on in the Auto ID area. Links to conferences and papers written by the group are available.
Smartex Limited, a Cambridge, England-based company, operates an international network of professional associations concerned with smart card and tagging technologies. These include the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association, EuroTag Limited, the Higher Education Smart Card Association, International Biometric Foundation, the UK Smart Card Club and a few others.
One of these organisations is €uroTag® www.eurotag.org. The main aim of EuroTag is to provide its members with an in-depth understanding of the various types of tagging products and technologies as they arrive in this busy market sector.
Members also benefit from direct contact with tag integration suppliers who may advise on how tags can be introduced within products, and how mechanisation can improve the automation of integrating tag production into conventional print and packaging environments. The standard categories are available to browse in this well laid out site including news, diary, articles and publications, etc...
This is the site for the RFID journal; it contains an extensive amount of material. The main contents are news, opinion, features, special reports, vendor profiles and electronic access to the RFID journal. Some areas are exclusive to subscribers of the journal whilst others are open access for all. The FAQ's section acts as a great introduction to RFID technology as well as answering most general technical questions.
A bulletin board gives readers an opportunity to have online discussions. This is an easy to use site with a nice clean layout.